Trade and FA

Fremantle snare Kersten for a bargain

The Trade:

Geelong trades Shane Kersten; Geelong receives pick 63

Fremantle trades pick 63; Fremantle receives Shane Kersten

The Brief:

23-year-old Kersten broke into Geelong’s best 22 this year, playing 17 games for Geelong and kicked 22 goals. He seemingly fell out of favour with Geelong Coach, Chris Scott, towards the end of the season and was dropped for Rounds 20, 23 and Geelong’s two finals. It’s no surprise the young Cat has sought opportunity elsewhere and a move back to his home state. He’ll play alongside fellow recruit Cameron McCarthy in a Fremantle forward line without Matthew Pavlich.

Club Trade Rating:

Geelong – the Cats should be loathed to lose Kersten given their lack of depth in the key forward department but Chris Scott’s omission on Kersten in the latter part of the season suggests they’ve got other plans. They’ll now be desperate to hold on to Nathan Vardy and Mitch Clark.

Rating: -3. – Geelong didn’t receive fair value for Kersten. We valued the key forward as mid second-round selection and Geelong have received an early fourth-round pick. Geelong continues their trend of appeasing players wishes.

Fremantle – the Dockers have again traded for need, bringing in another key forward and they’ve done so with little fuss. They could possibly have gotten Kersten for less considering the 23-year-old was out of contract and had requested a trade to their club, but we can’t begrudge them getting the deal done quickly.

Rating: +3. – Fremantle have done exceptionally well here. Pick 63 for a young key forward is a bargain.

Fantasy Impact:

Geelong – The biggest change here will be the opportunities afforded to youngsters Darcy Lang, Nakia Cockatoo and Cory Gregson. All three will be again given a taste of senior football and will be trying to make the most of it. Cockatoo seems the biggest beneficiary as Chris Scott has said he sees him as a best 22 player. If Geelong can’t find a partner for Tom Hawkins, expect him to be double teamed and his fantasy output to decline.

Fremantle – Kersten gets a bigger opportunity a the Dockers. He likely plays 20+ games and will be one of the main targets as Fremantle go forward. He’s good around his feet so should find plenty of the ball as well. Around him, Michael Walters and Hayden Ballantyne – should he remain at Fremantle – should see increased workloads and therefore increased fantasy potential.

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